from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the hollow part of the leg behind the knee joint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of the area behind the knee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ham; in the region of the ham, or behind the knee joint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the ham, or back of the knee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the area behind the knee joint


From New Latin popliteus, from Latin poples, poplit-, ham of the knee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin popliteus, from Latin poples ("ham, knee"). (Wiktionary)


  • Absence of the artery altogether, as in Manec's case, where the popliteal was a continuation of an immensely enlarged sciatic.

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  • A Baker's cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear.

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  • He was hit in the back of the knee by a bullet that clipped his popliteal artery and his boot began to fill with his blood.

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  • The anatomical description of its location is the midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of biceps femoris and semitendinosis.

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  • I was dissecting the popliteal space the other day, and she asked me if it was Scarpa's triangle!

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  • With the body part that gets about as much sexual attention as the popliteal fossa:* your nose.

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  • • If your knees feel discomfort, use a rolled-up towel, pillow, or blanket as a cushion behind the knee joint in the popliteal area, if you know where that is.

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  • Dislocated knee, tore everything, ruptured my popliteal artery and almost lost my leg.

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  • Yesterday, he had surgery on both knees, something we learned only after the procedures were complete: Earlier, Stephen E. Schmidt, Mr. Cheney's chief spokesman, said doctors would operate only on the popliteal artery in the vice president's right knee.


  • - Precautions: take care not to incise too deeply if the abscess overlies major blood vessels (the carotid, axillary, humeral, femoral and popliteal regions).

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  • "Stephen would never trust him with a popliteal aneurism, having seen what he had done to a patient in Barts."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 40

    March 3, 2008